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Here we are, the worst has happened, “The Sage of the Court” Justice Antonin Scalia has left this earth for his Heavenly home with the Lord, as he believed his entire life… While there in Heaven is wonderful for Justice Scalia, and one day will be wonderful for those who believe, it is not wonderful for us here and now in this country…
The Supreme Court justice was known for his colorful opinions and speeches.
After three decades on the highest court in the land, the conservative justice will also be remembered for his sometimes ineffable remarks. Here are 11 of his most memorable comments (in no particular order):
1. Pure applesauce — King v. Burwell
In his dissenting opinion on the Obamacare case, Scalia assessed one element of the majority’s opinion to be “pure applesauce” — Justice Stephen Breyer used a similar phrase in 2007 in his dissenting view: sheer applesauce.
“The Court claims that the Act must equate federal and state establishment of Exchanges when it defines a qualified individual as someone who (among other things) lives in the ‘State that established the Exchange’,” Scalia wrote. “Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the ‘interests of qualified individuals’ into account when selecting health plans…Pure applesauce.”
2. Jiggery-pokery — King v. Burwell
In the same case, Scalia argued that the interpretation of “such” in a particular phrase in the Obamacare legislation falsely claims that the federal and state exchanges are the same.
“The Court’s argument also overlooks the rudimentary principle that a specific provision governs a general one. Even if it were true that the term ‘such Exchange’ … implies that federal and state Exchanges are the same in general, the term ‘established by the State’ … makes plain that they differ when it comes to tax credits in particular,” he said. “The Court’s next bit of interpretive jiggery-pokery involves other parts of the Act that purportedly presuppose the availability of tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges.”
3. SCOTUScare — King v. Burwell
Scalia maintained that when Congress passed Obamacare, it passed a bill that mandated that tax credits only be available on an “Exchange established by the State.”
“This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped,” he wrote. “So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere. We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.”
4. Broccoli — Arguing Obamacare
On the second day of oral arguments for the Obamacare case, Scalia asked Donald Verrilli, the lawyer representing the Obama administration, to defend a provision in the law that asks why Washington bureaucrats couldn’t force Americans to buy vegetables.
“Could you define the market,” he asked. “Everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli.”
Verrilli insisted that the food market was “quite different.”
5. The Constitution is dead — Speaking at Southern Methodist University
The Constitution is “not a living document,” he told the SMU crowd in 2013. “It’s dead, dead, dead.”
Scalia added, “The judge who always likes the results he reaches is a bad judge.”
6. Don’t invent minorities — Speaking at a hotel ballroom in Montana
In August 2013, Scalia charged that the high court was making congressional decisions, such as “inventing” new classes of minorities.
Referencing the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage and benefits for same-sex couples, Scalia said the court’s job isn’t to create exceptions outside of the Constitution.
“It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” he said.
7. Fools for Christ — Speaking at the Knights of Columbus Council 969 centennial
Believing in traditional Christianity is something else, Scalia said, referencing beliefs such as God being born the son of a virgin and the concept of heaven and hell.
“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed,” Scalia said.
“If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity,” he added. “Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”
8. First child is like a pancake
Scalia, the father of nine and grandfather of 36, likened a first child to a first pancake.
“In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it’s not perfect, that’s OK,” he said. “There are a lot more coming along.”
9. Orgies should be encouraged — Speaking at Harvard University
This one speaks for itself.
“I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged,” he joked.
10. The justice justifies face-smacking — Speaking on a BBC radio show
Scalia, in an interview about the constitutional ban of cruel and unusual punishment, suggested hitting someone in the face was justifiable.
“Is it really so easy to determine that smacking someone in the face to determine where he has hidden the bomb that is about to blow up Los Angeles is prohibited in the Constitution?” he asked. “…It would be absurd to say you couldn’t do that. And once you acknowledge that, we’re into a different game.”
11. Blacks belong at slower schools — Arguing Fisher v. University of Texas
In the affirmative action case, Scalia questioned whether it was beneficial for African-Americans if more black students were admitted to the university under affirmative action.
“There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well,” he said. “One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.”
WHY? Because the true Conservative voice of the Supreme Court of the United States is silenced in the death of Justice Scalia. The lone true Originalist adherent to the Constitution is quieted in death and we as citizens are seriously in great peril. I will explain why this is so.
I might even chat about the recent Republican Debates and give my two cents. I will also talk about what I believe will truly help this country not only survive, but also thrive… Listen in! Tell a friend or 100.
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February 15, 2016 at 4:00:00 PM EST 120 minutes